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Written by his son and published in the Simi Valley Star Newspaper, January, 2000

World-recognized artist, professional hypnotist, magician, and natural psychic, who had appeared in theaters, television, and radio across three continents often using the stage name of 'Lee Carvel'. Writer and publisher for movie scripts, mentalist and super-memory booklets, classic comic books, news magazine 'Simi Today' (1975), and 'Dimension X' radio program (1997-98). Teacher for Simi Valley's Adult Education classes on experimental psychology (1973-75). Mr. Quintanar was a member of the Ventura County Art Commission (1988-90), President of Simi Valley chapter of AARP (1999), and President of Lion's Club Intl. Simi Valley Chapter (1975-77). As a child while attending Escondido Elementary School near San Diego, Leo first demonstrated his artistic talents by painting a mural which can still be viewed there today. As an adult, his highly acclaimed canvas of President Ronald Reagan was displayed in the White House and still hangs at The Ronald Reagan Library. His other acclaimed paintings include John Wayne, Laurel and Hardy, Roy Rogers, Elvira and other Hollywood personalities, various past-life portraits, and numerous fantasy, swords & sorcery, and American Indian subjects including the late actor and tomahawk-throwing expert "Skeeter Vaughn". Mr. Quintanar toured 43 states in America for the National Assemblies teaching the truth about mentalism, magic, and science for grades K-12 at various times during the last 30 years. He created, sculpted, and illustrated a unique walk-through "House of Monsters" carnival show and toured local and state fairs (sometimes with family) throughout the Southwest during the summers of 1967-68, 1970-71. Mr. Quintanar was the producer and director of horror film videos and had perfected blending his artwork, special effects, and movies using computer graphics. He was working on his latest work for video stores when he passed on to his next great adventure into the Unknown at 11:30pm Saturday, January 22 at Kaiser Hospital in Woodland Hills. Born November 30, 1936, he was 63 years old.

Leo Quintanar will be enormously missed by his wife of 30 years, Lee; his only son, Leo Jr. (Lee Jr) of Boulder, Colorado; daughters Anne Garza of Tennessee, Terri Bowman of Simi, Susan Quintanar of San Francisco, and grandchildren Leo Scott, Terra Dawn, Stephen, Chris, and Jeremy; sisters Arlene DeFreitas of Carlsbad, Olivia Handley of Oxnard, parents 'Grace and Leo' and brother Eddie of California City, his many other relatives, and his many many friends. Reardon Mortuary of Simi Valley is handling arrangements with a viewing tonight on Thu Jan 27th from 5pm-8pm to be followed on Fri with a 2:30pm mass at St. Rose of Lima. Interment will be at Assumption Catholic Cemetery with a reception at Our Saviour Lutheran church.

 

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